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Beginning to Speak: Diana Anphimiadi and Jean Sprackland

  • The Book Hive 53 London Street Norwich, England, NR2 1HL United Kingdom (map)

Scrambled thoughts become crow-songs perched on a wire. Famous women from Greek myth speak frankly - upside-down, headless, from beyond the grave. The five senses tussle on the page, among cats and fish and chandeliers. Eating and bathing offer a glimpse of the eternal...

In Beginning to Speak, Georgian poet Diana Anphimiadi repeatedly makes the world unfamiliar with the flick of a pen, demonstrating why she is one of her country’s outstanding contemporary poets. The poems in this selection have been translated into English by the award-winning British poet Jean Sprackland (TiltSleeping Keys) together with leading Georgian translator Natalia Bukia-Peters.

Diana and Jean are on tour across the UK in May to celebrate their book. This unique event will see them read together and talk about the translation process, exploring the weird and wonderful things that happen when you carry poems from one language to another.

No knowledge of Georgian required!

FREE. Just give us a ring / email / message to secure a space.

6:30pm for a 7:30pm start. Refreshments provided.

Presented in partnership with the Poetry Translation Centre.

The Poetry Translation Centre gives the best contemporary poems from Africa, Asia and Latin America a new life in the English language, working with diaspora communities for whom poetry is of great importance. By fostering creative collaborations between poets and translators, the PTC produces high-quality translations that extend the audience for international poetry.